Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg  is like your friend with a truck.

These two guys launched a Y Combinator-backed startup to build the LinkedIn for small businesses

Before Sumir Meghani was a Groupon exec and Saureen Shah was a Google engineer, they both dipped their toes into much smaller ventures. Meghani was raised by two small business owners, and Shah used to be a McDonald’s cashier.

Now the 34-year olds have teamed up to launch a Y Combinator-backed startup called Instawork to combat the pain small business owners have to go through when it comes to hiring employees.

Solar Power Startup Bright Raises $4 Million To Distribute Energy In The Developing World

Bright, a solar panel installation and distribution startup, pulled in $4 million in seed money to build out its solar software and financing team.

The startup launched out of the last batch of Y Combinator and began building in Mexico last year. Energy is expensive and often complicated in the country, costing upwards of $4,000 MXD ($250 USD) in hot summer months in some cases, according to the Mexican Federal Electric Commission.